Year: 2017

All Year: 2017

December 13, 2017

Member Profile Spotlight: Gail Goodman

Gail B. Goodman joined Cable in 2017 to be a part of a community that properly suits her interests. Hart Harrison, an active Cable member, recommended Cable to Gail because she knew Gail would benefit from networking and discussing relevant topics with like-minded professional women. As a Cable member, Gail has benefited considerably from seeing women lift one another up, instead of tearing each other down. Gail stated, “A woman’s success should be welcomed, not seen as competition. There’s an attitude of abundance here, i.e., good things are worth sharing, and we all gain by sharing.”
Gail believes one of the biggest challenges professional women face today is balancing work and family commitments. “It is very difficult for women to be CEOs and leaders in the workplace AND have a family. Our society still doesn’t make room for those two jobs to happen simultaneously. I know a lot of working moms who spend their day at work missing their children and moms at home feeling they aren’t being productive. It’s a constant conundrum, and we haven’t fixed it yet. Unfortunately, it’s not a new challenge; but it’s still a big one.”
Gail would advise young women who are starting their careers to recognize that every job has a purpose. No matter the title, the pay or the tasks involved, it’s a learning experience, and there is not always this ‘perfect place’ to start your career. “All jobs give you something you will use the next time. My career trajectory has been unpredictable, but every skill attained at every job has contributed to my success.”

Gail B. Goodman is the president of PhoneTeacher, LLC. She is a renowned expert on telephone skills training. Her appointment-setting analysis significantly assists direct salespeople in mastering critical skills. Her responsibilities consist of conducting seminars, creating tutorial videos and a bit of everything else.

Thank you for joining Cable, Gail! We appreciate you and your dedication to Cable and our mission.

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November 15, 2017

Member Profile Spotlight: Catherine Hayes


Catherine Hayes joined Cable in 2017 because she wanted a place to engage and connect with likeminded women in the Nashville business community. She also wanted a place to learn from other talented and accomplished women.
When asked what she has gained from joining an organization like Cable, Catherine said, “I’ve learned that women are natural networkers. Our company has been able to expand our network of relationships and increase our business exposure. One of the biggest challenges women face today is owning their accomplishments, defying social expectations, and finding career opportunities that meet the needs of both work and life as traditional gender expectations still prevail.”
Catherine also gave advice to young women who are just starting their careers.
“You are limited only by the limitations you place on yourself. Don’t be afraid to take chances, be true to yourself, and don’t stay the course just because it feels safe.”
Catherine Hayes currently works for Versher LLC, where she leads as co-founder. She facilitates the placement of women in flexible job opportunities. Catherine is able to connect her love of her career with the mission of Cable by helping career-oriented women find a career in which they will flourish.

Thank you for joining Cable, Catherine! We appreciative you and your dedication to Cable and our mission.

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October 18, 2017

Meet Cable’s Chair Elect: Veronica Marable Johnson

Veronica Marable Johnson is currently employed with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce – Membership/Growth Division. She is responsible for full sales lifecycle, relationship building, customer engagement for new membership base, community outreach ambassador, and services and benefits promotion on behalf of the downtown regional chamber. A true community servant for the underserved communities, she just completed an eight year tenure as the Director of Programs and Operations for the Center for Women’s Health Research @ Meharry Medical College. The Center was the nation’s first research facility devoted exclusively to understanding why women of color are at greater risk of certain diseases. Under her guidance, she helped coordinate over 1,000+ mammograms for underserved women and organized Nashville’s 1st African American Women’s Heart Health Outreach with the American Heart Association, along with planning/organizing other community related health disparity initiatives for women of color. As the Director of Programs and Operations, she managed the Center’s Fiscal responsibilities (grants/contracts), Programs, Fund Development and Community Outreach Initiatives.

After graduating from Austin Peay State University (with a BBA in Accounting), she began her professional career with First American National Bank. She spent her formative years in Accounting, Human Resources, Credit and Consumer/Mortgage Lending, spearheading professional women’s initiatives and chaired the first Corporate-wide (7 state) Diversity Council. As Senior Vice President and Corporate Director of Diversity, she advocated for the first prenatal/lactation rooms to be built at the corporate office and service center locations for working mothers. After the bank was acquired by AmSouth Corp, Veronica began working as the Middle Tennessee Market Recruiting Manager for Randstad. Following her tenure with Randstad, she became the first African American female to manage a multi-million dollar sales portfolio in the Middle Tennessee Region for Roadway Express.

She is currently active on various community boards and organizations, including the Nashville Downtown Rotary, Leadership Nashville, Nashville CABLE, Nashville Business Incubation Center, The National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Metro Nashville Chapter, The Hendersonville Area Links, AARP-TN Executive Leadership Council, Lupus Foundation, The Music City Lead’s Mentoring, Alive Hospice, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and Lake Providence Missionary Baptist Church – where she is the Associate Youth Director, Sunday School teacher and a member of the Social Media Ministry.

Her previous board and organizational experience has included Girl Scouts of Middle TN, TN Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence, YWCA, TN Economic Council on Women, American Heart Association – Go Red for Women Society/Executive Team, Women’s Political Caucus, National Association of Black Accountants, Jr. Chamber of Commerce, Urban League of Middle TN, Junior League, SHRM, American Diabetes Assoc., American Red Cross, Trevecca Nazarene Univ. Advisory Board, ASTD, Harding Place YMCA and numerous others.

She is the proud mother of Haleigh Ann Johnson; a college senior @ MTSU. Haleigh is a 2014 Honor Roll Graduate of Ezell Harding Christian School – where she was the first African American Student Body President, American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer Girls State Delegate, a Member of the Beta Club, a Lady Eagle Basketball Captain (with a retired jersey of 1,000+ career points and numerous athletic awards), Inaugural Class member of the Music City Girls Leadership Academy, and she holds the Girls Scouts Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards. At MTSU, Haleigh is an active member of the National Association of Black Accountants, The National Society for Leadership & Success, the Lambda Sigma Honor Society and a Residence Hall Desk Assistant. Haleigh spent her summer as an HCA Tax Accounting Intern, while also maintaining her first high school employment opportunity with the Grand Ole Opry.

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October 9, 2017

About Laurie Winston

After earning her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Memphis, Laurie earned her Masters in Education while employed as an underwriter at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee in Chattanooga. She spent the next six years teaching mathematics and coaching cross-country at GPS in Chattanooga and Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina, which further ignited her passions of teaching, counseling, encouraging others, communicating with compassion, efficacy, and diplomacy, and fostering a spirit of collaboration.

Following the birth of her first child, Laurie began an independent tutoring business, and, after their second child was born, began practicing yoga. She soon realized that yoga was something she needed to share, and in 2011, she earned the RYT-200 yoga certification. In 2014, Laurie and her family moved to the Nashville area, where she continued teaching yoga and tutoring math to individual clients. She was employed for two years with the Williamson County School system, teaching math part-time, before joining the BluePrint Strategy team and working with Cable. Laurie believes that each day should be filled with meaningful occupation, work and play that bring her joy and employ her gifts and strengths. Her passion is in empowering others to do the same, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the mission of Cable.

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